Free cleanup offered in Clifton neighborhood

McKenzie Lange/The Daily Sentinel

Trash spills into the street near the corner of D¾ and Mae streets in Clifton in 2019. Mesa County last year selected the neighborhood from D to E roads and 32 to 33 roads as part of a community cleanup project at no cost to the residents who live there. The program has been expanded for 2020.

Residents who live in a one-square-mile section of Mesa County will get a rare chance to participate in a neighborhood cleanup.

As part of a cleanup pilot project Monday and today, crews with the Mesa County Public Works Department will pick up trash and other items, and for free.

The department asks that residents who live between D and E roads and 32 and 33 roads leave unwanted items on the curbs in front of their homes by 7 a.m.

The cleanup is similar to the spring and fall cleanups that Grand Junction regularly provides its residents.

Items the crews will take include general household trash, garden and yard debris, furniture and mattresses and construction materials.

Items that crews won't take include televisions, electronics, tires, liquids, freon-containing appliances and such hazardous materials as batteries, chemicals and latex paint.

The department recommends that residents don't use trash containers, keeping all unwanted items separate from property they don't want removed.

They also ask residents to keep those items in a single pile at least 3 feet from any fencing or landscaping, and not to park on the street if possible to make it easier for the crews to get at the items.

The cleanup is sponsored by Healthy Mesa County, Mesa County government, the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, The Colorado Trust, the Clifton Sanitation District and Rocky Mountain Sanitation.

The department also asks residents in this area to help other neighbors who need help taking trash and other items to the curb.